Leyton Orient held to a draw against AFC Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 21:43 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 21:43 25 July 2017
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AFC Hornchurch 0 Leyton Orient 0
Leyton Orient dominated possession but stuggled to find a way past the AFC Hornchurch defence in a 0-0 draw at Bridge Road.
The first chance of the match fell to the feet of midfielder Charlie Lee who sent a shot well over the goal.
Hornchurch repaid the favour as Brad Warner’s header went just wide of the goal, after George Purcell picked him out from the right-side.
Winger Jobi McAnuff tried to find his way through the defence, but was brought down just outside the box for a free-kick.
Tristan Abrahams then put the free-kick just over the bar from 20 yards inside the opening five minutes.
The youngster continued to cause chaos and had a dig from just outside the box, only to have his shot steered clear for a corner in the twelfth minute.
Jobi McAnuff caused more danger with another corner finding the head of Trialist A whose header was turned away, with the rebound falling to Macauley Bonne who struck the bar, before a second rebound fell to youngster Abrahams who was then denied from close range.
The former Yeovil midfielder Alex Lawless put a cross in from the right flank, picking out Bonne, who didn’t get enough on it and put into the keepers hands.
Lawless finds right-back Jake Caprice, who snuck in behind the Urchins left-back Jay Porter, but his shot went way over the bar.
McAnuff sends a corner into George Elokobi who couldn’t find the net from close range in the twenty sixth minute.
One minute later it was the Jamaican International McAnuff once again picking another one of his team-mates out, this time being striker Bonne, whose header went just over the bar.
Abrahams puts Widdowson through on goal, but he can’t find his way past Mott.
McAnuff went on a solo run, only to be brought down by Kenzer Lee, with Abrahams picking up the scraps and firing a score on target in the thirty fifth minute.
Not long after Charlie Lee had a dig from long-range but couldn’t beat shot-stopper Mott.
The O’s continued to press the Urchins hard to start the second-half with two early corners being cleared away in the opening two minutes.
The visitors perhaps being a touch fortune in the fourty-seventh minute as Charlie Grainger gives away a free-kick on the edge of the box, before the keeper had to steer the curling shot from Wagner.
The Urchins struck first as striker George Purcell cut in the right side of the box and found the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed after the referee went over to discuss an offside call from the linesman.
It was just after the sixth minute both sides started making wholesale changes and introducing substitutes.
Mott kept the score level as he pulled off two consecutive saves, as Lee tried his luck from long range and Trialist B followed up the rebound, but was also denied.
Orient continued to push and Josh Koroma went close with a free-kick in the final two minutes.
Orient: Grainger (Sargeant 71), Caprice (Judd 71), Elokobi (Happe 71), Trialist A (Clark 45), Widdowson (Scales 71), Lawless (Ochieng 62), Lee (McLean 71), McAnuff (Boco 62), Abrahams (Trialist B), Mooney (Clay 71), Bonne (Koroma 71).
Hornchurch: Mott, Bentley (Cohen 65), Lee, Cooper (Goodacre 60), Porter, Styles (Dickens 84), Chouman, Joseph (Fairweather-Johnson 57), Warner (Hussain 80), Wall (Tuohy 65), Purcell (McKenzie 69).
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